Building a Giant Bandsaw Mill – Making the Carriage


oh okay bandsaw mill part two here we go
if you missed the first video where I covered all the prep work introduce the
build team and showed building the 12 foot by 6 foot bed then there is a link
for you down below this video picks up right where I left off which was to
start building the carriage of the band sawmill this is the cage leg portion
that sits on top of the bed and rolls back and forth we used the bed of the
mill itself as the work table to build the carriage and started by laying out
and crimping together the parts that will make up the first side those
fireball squares were heavily relied on here as well as these awesome ratcheting
Bessy clamps these quickly became everybody’s favorite go-to clamp during
this build even though we are welding it in place right now we went ahead and set
in that center vertical member just for dry fitting purposes once everything was
nice and locked in JD went through and tacked all of the corners in multiple
places next we repeated by building out the second side and you’ll see that we
actually built this one directly on top of the first side this not only gave us
the perfect size work surface but it also meant we just had to line up all of
the edges and faces to the already perfect side under it Johnny tacked it
and then we all divided up to conquer different tasks while JD did his thing
and welded all the corners and seams shut you know even all of us can weld JD
is the professional and he doesn’t only do a better job but he can also do it
much quicker than any of us so if you find yourself working on a team
especially if you’re used to doing everything yourself understand
everybody’s strong suit beforehand so that you can divide up accordingly
another example on how we implemented this is this is Matt’s design and he’s
already build one so he is very much the foreman of the group and would be the
one to divvy up the task and also to make sure we weren’t messing them up
Johnny me and Cremona started working on the saw head beam this is the large beam
that will span across the two sides of the carriage eventually and we first
needed a transfer drill and top a bunch of holes that will later attach a linear
or so I went through first with a small
bits he’s get the whole started Matt followed with another bit to enlarge the
hole then Johnny followed behind him to actually tap them next we divided up
again and started prepping making the parts needed for attaching the carriage
to the bed Matt went to the welding tables and welded together the housing
that will go around the wheels well I went over the superjaws and used the
grinder to bevel parts that will be next up to weld and this is when Johnny found
the hover board separate board was actually the center of a lot of after
our entertainment hey if you work hard play hard alright getting back to work I
know I said this in the first video but working around a professional welder was
awesome Diddy was great at throwing out information or advice as we were working
in this example he saw that I was using a back and forth motion to bevel and
pointed out that these flat desk Ashleigh only removed material when
pulling and kindly showed me the correct technique for getting the most out of
the tool at this point we were waiting for a lot of parts to cool down before
staining the carriage up so we kept herself busy with peripheral top Johnny
started making a plate for the motor mount then I worked with Matt to make a
sleeve that goes on the saw head beam this isn’t fixed in place it needs just
enough wiggle room to slide back and forth slightly and this is because later
on it will be used to tension the blade to give the plates the wiggle room
needed Matt taped some cardstock to the saw head beam before we clamp the plates
in place and I talked them down by the way I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this
but Matt how is a full playlist of videos
committing whenever he built his band sawmill so if you want to check those
out there’s a link for you down below when it came time to weld this sleeve up
JD actually came over and guided me through the process let’s drink
okay we did this in the middle yeah yeah if we would have started and just done
like these corners and set like from here to here yeah we could have had pull
up here this way it’s pulling this one and this one so weird good that’s why we
just did that one ha no we’re good to go so you can sit there and do this one in
this one and we’ll probably flip it twice yeah and then do both of them I
really encourage you that even if you are experiencing something if you have
the opportunity to work with somebody with more experience or maybe just
different experience than you try to go into the encounter with a really open
mind to absorbing whatever information you can instead of maybe just showing
off what you can and that way you’re always open to picking up something new
and learning so after welding the sleeve on we needed to remove it to get rid of
that card stock underneath but it was giving us all a pretty good run for our
money JD’s him to take it as a personal
challenge and while he had to work for it
he definitely busted it in the end okay show’s over back to work at this point
the wheel housing Matt made earlier we’re cool enough to start cleaning up
JD would use a cut-off this to remove the bulk of material while I used to
flop this and there’s pre them up some and man these armored tools self
adjusting clamps are awesome definitely another recommended item for the shop as
first all over the shop were made they would filter into Foreman Cremona and he
would set them up on the mill you can see he’s using magnets to hold things in
place as well as the hardware for lining and centering it then we switched off on
sticking them in place now while we did use both the lincoln power mig 210 and
260 machine the 260 was the go-to machine for this project if you were
just getting started with welding then I would 100% recommend the two
machine but for something of this size it was nice having something a little
bit more powerful and scaled up alright let’s stand these sides up and
start assembling the carriage parts you can see JD over on the right clamping a
few fireball squares in place before we move these on to the Fed these are of
course very heavy so the squares will give us a way to quickly attach the
cross members to connect the two sides once they’re stood up and in the air once the wheels were placed on the tribe
JD moved a ladder to the inside and walked up the crossmember to clamp it in
place next the guy stuck two levels on the sides of the carriage and plumbed it
up so that JD could tack and then weld the corners in place of course we had to
push it around a little bit and test it out oh and as not smartly pointed out
with a movable carriage it is a great time to clamp on some temporary stops to
prevent it from possibly being rolled right off after playing around a bit we
got out of JD’s way again and let him weld on all of the angled gussets a lot
of people were asking if this was going to be an indoor mill and no it isn’t but
it is important that the carriage be built on top of your bed with that we
built both units inside so that we wouldn’t be reliant on good weather or
restricted on power outlets this of course means that we will have two giant
assemblies to move out separately which I will get to in a few minutes
but know that another option is to do what Cremona did and build it on site
where the mill will live permanently well JD stayed in his zone of welding
Johnny and I prepared the last two verticals of the carriage which would be
attached next these are the T joints that get a linear guide rail attached
which the salt head beam will later ride up and down so these are placed right in
the middle on each side of the carriage again the
guys used the help of a few squares clamped into place when setting these
into their position so that they could stand up these heavy verticals but then
just scooch them up against the squares now it is very important that these to
be perfectly in line with one another so while my edit makes it look very quick
and simple JD and Matt did spend a lot of time getting this just right I don’t
know if you can see what’s going on here so let me just pause the footage they
clamped a speed square to the outside face of the opposite vertical then JD
placed a long level on the Associated face of the second vertical on the
inside of this level JD is holding his laser measure so that Matt can twist
their vertical until that laser mark is touching the speed square meaning that
both phases are in line with one another high-five that’s a good one guys after a
few high-fives and chuckles over their rig jamie welded these two members in
place then it was time to move this beast outside and you know we told JD to
get after it but apparently the man does have a limit
I guess it’s around 3,000 pounds so the shop green was put to use on one end
while the tractor came in on the other now the goal here is just to get the
carriage and fed sled out far enough for the carriage to pass under the porch so
that it can be taken off and separated from the bed once we got it closer
though we could see we’re missing clearance by just a few inches so we
quickly removed the feet on the front half of the assembly and this bought us
the clearance needed to make it all over the way out you know it is nerve-racking
but it’s also exciting watching such big stuff get moved of course having a good
operator is essential for feeling confident that things will go smoothly
but Cody was on the tractor and if anybody can safely move big and heavy
stuff it’s him the guys tilted the carriage onto the bucket and you can see
that they wrapped the chain around the top as insurance in case it try to get
away from them it didn’t though and they were able to just gently set her on down
and then step her right off nothing fancy after that Cody just drug
it right on over to where it needed to be which is I don’t know about 30 or 40
feet to the north of my shop after he dropped it off then he came back for the
bed to safe I concrete porch we used the crane once again to drag it off
completely but then Cody was able to grab ahold of the side and pick it up
and then haul it away again with those awesome rigging straps man they are dead
useful folks and you can see JD in Cremona acting as counterweights on the
back of the tractor there the bed was so heavy that the back end was having
trouble staying on the ground after we got the bed moved over to its roughed in
position we threaded back on the feet we removed earlier and then set it down now
I’ll probably end up pouring a slab for this but in the meantime the guys
positioned a paver under the four corner feet after placing a stone under each
foot then we were able to thread out each one so that it was in contact with
the pavers so getting the carriage back on top of the bed was a little bit more
difficult than taking it off Cody attempted a few things with the tractor
but quickly realized that it wasn’t gonna have the lift needed no problem no
he is resourceful he ended up moving out his gantry which is just big enough to
straddled the entire bed this meant that we could use a chain hoist to latch onto
the carriage pick it right up and then set it right back down as you can see it
took all six of us seven if you include aaron filming for me you know it’s
difficult to move such a big heavy thing just slightly this way in that way so it
took a little bit of finessing to get all four wheels on their tracks but once all four wheels got seated
properly man did it glide easily and we did use a few more of those Bessie C
clamps on the back end of the tracks to act as more stops and there we go folks
we have a rolling carriage on top of a flatbed waiting go team I’m proud of us
okay in the next installment we’ll be building out the saw head beam mounting
it in place and then fingers crossed hopefully making a few cuts before the
guys have to get out of here don’t forget to tell me what you think about
the build so far down in the comments section and of course check out the
entire build crew with the links I’ve left you in the description that’s it
for this one I’ll see you on part 3 you know some of you have been saying that
the mill is over built and you know what we agree forget the 6×6 all head beam
and forget those 30 inch wheels we found a much cheaper solution that works just
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